You may have heard the term “modest is hottest” before, but what exactly does that mean? And what does that look like when it comes to fashion? Does it mean we dress like a nun and shun the fashions? No in fact its quite the opposite.
The best way I can illustrate the beauty of modesty was through my grandma on my dad’s side, who I would call my Meme. She was a beautiful French Canadian woman, who had the brightest smile, most joyful spirit, and an exquisite radiant countenance. She lived in New England and I would often visit her in the summers especially during my college years in the fall before I would go back to school. Walking into her house each summer, there she would see her granddaughter with her long brown hair, bohemian jewelry and flowy dresses. She called me her Pocahontas, and the one objection she had to my clothing style was my shoes. You see I had these Toms my mom bought for me a few years earlier, and I wore them until there were holes in them, and tears on all sides. In my eyes they were vintage, but in her eyes, it was a horrific sight to behold. “The first thing people look at when they see you are your shoes Tina,” she would say. “Those shoes must go, if you are going to be a proper lady,” she would add. Looking down at my shoes my dad would just laugh, because he knew I spent most of my time wearing no shoes at all, skateboarding around barefoot on my college campus, and hanging out at the drum circle on the weekends. So to him these shoes were better than my unmanicured feet that had probably stepped on everything at that point.
During my visits with my grandma we would sit in her room and talk about clothing styles, modesty and how a woman of class caries herself. My grandma loved the Lord, and each day she would wake up at 4 am, spend time with Jesus, take out her curlers, and get ready for her day. Even if she were staying in the house that day, she would put on a nice sweater, stockings, skirt, her pearls and lipstick. She was one classy lady, who treasured self-care. Everything she wore accented her character, her grace, her class, and her elegance. She carried herself with confidence and all who met her adored her. She taught me that modesty was about dressing in a way that made your heart shine, instead of drawing attention to the sexiness of your body. She taught me that I didn’t need to reveal my body in order to be beautiful, because beauty came from within. She taught me to dress in a way that would make men look into my eyes with respect, and not down my shirt disrespectfully. But most of all she taught me that modesty would always outshine immodesty. That dressing in a way that was honoring to my body was timeless, and not classless like how she thought many of the women dressed nowadays.
“Carry yourself like a princess, because that is who you are” she would say. “Hold your head up high, and let God’s beauty shine through you,” she would say. Everything she taught me about modesty was lived out in the way she lived her life. I would always see her put on her music in the kitchen and dance while singing the songs. Her eyes were always so bright and full of love and joy. After she passed away a few years ago, I resolved to never forget the words she told me. To always dress in a way that is timeless, classy, elegant, graceful, and beautiful. That to be beautiful and exquisite was far greater then sexualizing my beauty. I believe now that I don’t need to sexualize myself to be beautiful, because of the example my grandmother gave me. Her beauty still sits as a treasure in my heart because it was a timeless beauty and I choose to have the same beauty she had.
Remember girls, you don’t need to show it all to be beautiful. You can wear the trends, be fashionable, and be absolutely stunning. Below is an outfit I put together with some of the spring trends to show you the beauty of modesty, to show you how you can dress in the trends and be absolutely exquisite.
Hope you enjoy this weeks Fashion Blog Post
In this outfit I have 5 main pieces
I hope you like this week’s Fashion Blog post, and I hope it gave you some ideas on what you can wear this spring.
Till next time
Beauty Has No Size
Photography By Karli Sculnick firstname.lastname@example.org
Christina is passionate about restoring value, purpose, identity and beauty to the young women of this generation. Follow- @beauty_hasnosize